Patents of Charles Goodyear

Charles Goodyear (1800-1860) Charles Goodyear is best known for a single patent, US 3633, Improvements in India-Rubber Fabrics Vulcanization of Rubber .  The story of Goodyear and his 1839 discovery of vulcanization, a method to increase the strength and resiliency of rubber, has been told in several well researched accounts. What has not been accomplished is a compilation of the complete patents of Goodyear. Although many books and articles discuss the patents of Charles Goodyear, up to this point there was no single comprehensive and accurate list of his patents including all the information needed to retrieve the original documents from the issuing patenting organizations.   Librarians of the Rubber Division, ACS and the University of Akron, using both print and online resources were able to compile a complete list of Goodyear’s patents issued in the 19th Century.

Origin Patent Number Issue Date Title/Description Patent File
France 13215 Apr 11, 1855 Pour des perfectionnements dans les moyens mecaniques destines a la preparation et au laminage du caoutchouc, de la gutta-percha et de leurs composes.
France 11134 Apr 15, 1851 Perfectionnements apportes a la fabrication de divers articles a l'aide de cordes ou de rubans composes de caoutchouc prepare et d'autres substances PDF
France 11132 Apr 15, 1851 Perfectionnements apportes dans la fabrication d'etoffes composes de caoutchouc et de nappes de coton carde ou d'autres substances filamenteuses PDF
France 11133 Apr 15, 1851 Perfectionnements apportes dans la fabrication d'etoffes cellulaires, au moyen de caoutchouc prepare et autres substances. PDF
France 13996 Aug 25, 1852 Perfectionnements apportes a la confection des bottes, des souliers, de socques et autres chaussures PDF